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Richard, when I said a 'sudden delamination at high speed is dangerous no matter where you are on the track,so change in this characteristic would be better', I meant this as part of the constant ongoing tyre improvements. Pirelli introduced this year's tyres sort of experimentally knowing they would create a greater need for teams to manage them. Pirelli were always for making tyres harder later in the season if the teams wanted it , but first they would see how teams adjusted to then. Early this season Red Bull, were vehemently against these tyres and to a lesser degree Mercedes. Christian and Vettel would say something like racing is not the same any more because they're pushing at just 70%( you yourself have echoed this). And so this tyre delamination anomaly has come as a gift to Red Bull to get tyres changed so facilitating their greater performance on track. Most teams don't want the tyres changed which just goes to show how the safety angle is a side issue, only a facilitator



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